One of the best things about having your engagement ring custom created with Knox Jewelers is the seemingly endless possibilities. A vast selection of center stone options and corresponding settings, that are changeable by request, allows a custom ring to be tailored around nearly any budget. If you have allocated a specific amount towards your engagement ring investment, listed below are a few ways to save on your final custom creation.
Approach Diamonds with an Open Mind
Being flexible when searching for your perfect center stone could make all the difference. You may enter the search believing you absolutely need a colorless flawless 1.00 carat diamond, then realize that these combined factors in a stone are rare. With everyone on the search for these holy-grail equivalent diamonds, when they are found, they will be priced accordingly. To aid in your quest, there are a few things to keep in mind when narrowing down your diamond search.
Carat weights like 0.50, 1.00 and 1.50 are often the most desired diamond sizes. Selecting a diamond weighing close to any one of these magic numbers, such as a 0.96 carat instead of a 1.00 carat, could mean a break in price. Remember it is important to consider millimeter measures of options as well. You may happen across a diamond whose diameter measures greater than its average carat weight, leaving you with a larger look for less cost.
A small amount of body color in a diamond is less noticeable in warm hued metals. Both yellow and rose gold compliment and mask body color in options selected from the near-colorless and even the faint diamond color ranges. If you are considering a yellow or rose gold setting, lowering your color grade in your center stone to the faint range could aid in your cost.
Consider selecting a SI (slightly included) graded diamond. Diamonds receive their clarity grade based off of how many natural inclusions they possess. This grade is taken into consideration when diamonds are priced. There are many SI graded diamonds whose inclusions can not be seen with the naked eye. Others will be white or perfectly placed in the diamond to be covered by a prong. Most diamonds graded above the SI range, will be completely eye clean, and their cost will be greater. Looking for your perfect diamond in the slightly included clarity range can seem like a treasure hunt, but there are amazing options to be found.
Choose A Knox Graded Diamond
We do offer diamond options that have been graded in-house. These diamonds are brought straight from the cutter and then hand selected by our stone buyer. They have not been sent to the third party laboratory for grading, meaning the time and cost of this expenses has not been added into their final pricing. These diamond options are graded with GIA standards in mind and can be compared next to similar diamonds graded by this lab. Selecting a Knox graded diamond could mean finding your perfect diamond at an exceptional value.
Explore Alternative Center Stone Options
A natural diamond is not the only gemstone that can be featured in your Knox custom engagement ring. We have several gemstones available, and your setting will be created around the measurements of any option you choose.
Work Through Stages with our Temporary Solitaire
Choosing our Temporary Solitaire option allows you to work in phases towards your custom engagement ring, spreading your investment through time. After you select your perfect center stone, it will be set into our Classic Solitaire mounting. You can then create your custom setting whenever you would like to move forward. When you have decided on your Knox setting, we will remove your center stone and set it into its final ring. Many people choose to proposal with the Solitaire and then come in together to finalize their new custom setting.
Custom Tailor Your Setting
Every engagement ring commissioned through Knox Jewelers is created to order from the ground up. This means any alterations you have in mind for a setting are possible. All finishes on Knox custom rings are created by hand. These details are labor intense for our jewelers. Eliminating handwork in a ring setting will often lower its cost. Things that can be removed or scaled down are hand engraving, side diamonds, hand forged filigree curls and milgrain edging. These beautiful details add character to all of our one-of-a-kind settings, but often these details can be added at a later date. This way your custom setting is like a blank canvas, ready to completed in your future together.